Local representatives will gather at 11:00 a.m. with members of the Southwest Philadelphia community to cut the ribbon and open the Bartram’s Mile Trail. The 1.1-mile trail runs from Grays Ferry Avenue to 56th Street and unlocks an important connection point in the Circuit Trails and opens Southwest Philadelphia to the City’s park system.

The 1.1-mile trail lengthens the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) from Grays Ferry Avenue to 56th Street, unlocks an important connection point in the Circuit Trails, Greater Philadelphia’s multi-use trail network, and opens Southwest Philadelphia to the Fairmount Park system and the health benefits of being outdoors.

The ribbon cutting will unveil the new 56th Street plaza and will feature a parade of local high school marching bands, horses, and cyclists with the Bicycle Coalition. The event kicks off the spring opening of Bartram’s Garden, a day of celebration that includes an outdoor performance by Orchestra2001, free river boating, tours of the Bartram House and garden, the annual spring plant sale, Comcast Cares volunteers, and free samplings and demonstrations by Philly Homebrew.